The Libertines, Kendrick Lemar and Metallica: Leeds Festival 2015 reviewed

NAWN 1508303AM16 Leeds Festival. Metallica'sJames Hetfield. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM16)
NAWN 1508303AM16 Leeds Festival. Metallica'sJames Hetfield. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM16)
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It was loud, it was busy and mercifully it was sunny - but just how good was Leeds Festival 2015?

In a word: sublime. The ever diversifying three-day weekend of music brought something for everyone across virtually every genre.

NAWN 1508303AM1 Leeds Festival. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM1)

NAWN 1508303AM1 Leeds Festival. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM1)

From Pete Doherty’s swaggering Libertines set to Metallica’s barnstorming two-hour metal marathon finish, the festival attracted tens of thousands of passionate fans to every performance.

The first day - opened by Sheffield indie band The Sherlocks - packed in scores of energetic performances.

The main stage played host to a succession of lively rock groups including The Gaslight Anthem and The Cribs, before Jamie T’s sing-along friendly pop and Kendrick Lemar’s club-friendly hip-hop whipped up the crowds.

Meanwhile, Deadmau5 packed a tent stage with his trademark brand of techno house and acts as diverse as the bizarrely brilliant Japanese Babymetal and singer songwriter Charlie XCX pulled in the punters.

NAWN 1508303AM52 Leeds Festival.  Alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM52)

NAWN 1508303AM52 Leeds Festival. Alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1508303AM52)

Reginald D Hunter was a particular highlight. The American funny man’s stand-up set was as edgy as it was personal; a very intimate performance in the packed-out Alternative Stage tent which perfectly balanced slick one liners and engaging stories plucked from his personal life.

A joke about Angela Merkel drew some rumblings of a line being crossed (if you were there, you’d know which one…) but rapturous applause even before the end of the set proved the comedian had struck just the right balance.

Back on the main stage, The Gaslight Anthem put in a memorable, energised performance in the sizzling sunshine - one of their very last before they go on hiatus.

Emo hearthrobs Panic! At The Disco bossed the stage on Saturday thanks in no small part to confident frontman Brendon Urie and a cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Another standout set was from Limp Bizkit (remember them?).

Charismatic frontman Fred Durst had the crowd buzzing from the first moment, opening with rock club favourite Rollin’, adding former Mission Impossible film tune My Way and a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name Of. They may be a leftover of a bygone generation, but a rendition of My Generation can clearly still get a crowd off their feet, girls on shoulders and moshpits swirling.

In fact, there were so many sublime performances, it’s hard to name them all. Spector, Alt-J, Bastille, The Marmozets, The Wombats, New Found Glory, We Are The Ocean - the list is endless, and a true testament to the diversity and quality of bands on offer this time around.

Even the weather played ball: the sun shone down throughout the whole weekend, with the rain only coming down on Monday morning.

Leeds Festival has been going in one form or another for many years, but on this evidence the future is bright: big names, big crowds and a lineup with quality matched only by its range.

Thanks for the memories Leeds, see you next year.

NAWN 1508303AM51 Leeds Festival. Alt-J's Joe Newman.  (1508303AM51)

NAWN 1508303AM51 Leeds Festival. Alt-J's Joe Newman. (1508303AM51)